Salzburg - the city of Mozart on the banks of the Salzach River
With a population of around 150,000, Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria. The city is also the capital of the province of the same name. The special features of Salzburg are its historic old town and the city mountains. Above the city of Mozart towers the imposing fortress Hohensalzburg, which is visible from afar.
The present area of Salzburg was already populated in Roman times. Until 488, the Roman city of Iuvavum was located here. Salzburg was re-founded as a bishop's see in 696 and became the seat of the archbishop in 798.
With its small romantic streets in the heart of the old town and the many imposing buildings from the Renaissance, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque periods, Salzburg is also often referred to as "Italy's northernmost city".
In the city center of the festival metropolis, you will therefore also find numerous smaller, charming and well-equipped accommodations as well as city hotels. These are located directly on the wonderful Getreidegasse or only a few minutes' walk away.
The former trade street is also home to the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - one of the top sights for city travelers from all over the world. Just a few alleys away on the Mönchsberg - Salzburg's city mountain - is also home to the world-famous Festspielhaus.
Every year, numerous stars of the opera scene and renowned orchestras perform here during the Salzburg Festival. A unique experience, and afterwards you visit excellent restaurants serving local specialties like "Salzburger Nockerl"!
What is there to discover in Salzburg?
Salzburg has a lot to offer especially for cultural travelers: Castles, secular buildings, churches, historic alleys and impressive squares! You will embark on a journey through the architectural epochs of Salzburg in the historic old town and on the Neustadt side.
The Romanesque and Gothic churches, the early monastery buildings and half-timbered houses once shaped the medieval cityscape. The influence of Italian builders during the Renaissance and Baroque periods give the city its southern charm!
If you walk through the old town alleys of Salzburg, you will feel like you are in Italy. And even outside the city center, there are still sights to discover. By bike, e-bike or public transport, you can reach Hellbrunn Palace - in the south of Mozart's city - with its famous water games in just a few minutes.